Ordinary Days is a deep and consistent release focused on the latest productions of the sound designer Takeshi Nakamura composed in the last part of 2005.
After a nice release on Neureal, Takeshi brings back his skills to create this complex album made of microsounds, drones and cold atmospheres where our Japanese friend shows his addiction to the obscure side of electronic sounds. These nine tracks sketch a development in Takeshi's music through a combination between cold ambient mood over oblique and processed rhythm.
Ordinary Days moves between these two polarities: "Foolish Love" is the anomaly of the entire album with an intriguing melody that vibrates for a moment and then dissipates into the rough edges of "Killing Time" and "Maze". In the first one Takeshi builds an essential structure of minimal beats and hypnotizing loops interspaced by a warm pad, the second one has a similar structure too but with a singular acid riff that explodes at the end of the track.
"Dozed Off" slows down the tension into far reverbs and resonant samples, then Takeshi disjoints a "Commonplace Beat" into the chipped and disorganic mellow of "Peaceful Days".
"Voices", probably the best track of the album, is a complex of computerized voices, intricate beats and sub drones, a mood wich can be compared with the sonority of songs like Ipacial Section or Sim Gishel of the mighty Autechre who surely stands among Takeshi's ispirations.
The end of Ordinary Days is a deep and cerebral journey through desolate landscapes of cold ambient lightened by high frequency quakes where you'll feel lost and fascinated.
October 1, 2008 Subject:
nakamura is way ahead
oh come on give the guy a break this is genius what do you idm people want ?????? david bowie?
May 27, 2008 Subject:
nothing amazing - and i know its free but to be honest, its very ordinary and not as good as his other release.
September 1, 2007 Subject:
a little bit undertone but pleasant as always
I've been keeping an eye on T.Nakamura for some time now, and while some of his work is nothing special, spacing between noises, flushes and crackles, I must also say that the guy is capable of some great things (and here I can't help but reminding that gorgeous piece of work that was "titolo", out on [label] - go get it!). In fact, the album sounds somewhat uninspired at parts, but throughout the whole listen I reckon Nakamura knows how to hit once again. The album provides some fine noise on the sharp and rhythmic side; if you know of him, think of a less tangled&loud version of Taisuke Matsuo, and put some acid in it. Otherwise, take the acid and take the micronoise and think of an idm beat-driven piece of work made so.
And here we go with the standouts of this work: "Commonplace Beat" (the big hit for me), "Maze", "Voices", "River in the ocean".